Several commentators have argued that copyright protection should extend to protect logic equations incorporated in a type of semiconductor chip called a programmable logic device (PLD). They reach this result by analogizing to the storage of computer software in memory chips, an embodiment that is currently protected under the copyright laws. This Comment analyzes logic equations incorporated in a PLD with respect to the copyright statute, utilitarian device doctrine, and the legislative history of the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act. It concludes that copyright protection should not extend to protect the logic equations incorporated in a PLD.
Stephen C. Bishop,
The Case Against Copyright Protection for Programmable Logic Devices,
68 Wash. L. Rev.
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